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Feb 23, 2013 5:30am EST
to bring it to market. we asked the founders of texas-based locker look z to help us out. and they explain explained how they took a clever construction project and turned it into a multi-nation distribution. turning a clever idea into a marketable product can seem as uncertain as the spin of a wheel on a children's board game. but right at the start, these two dallas mother, joe jan brewer and christy sterling, didn't even seem like players. >> this was the first time we ever did this. it was just a completely new adventure for us. it was just berthed out of our own experience with our daughters. >> they were going into the sixth grade, wanted to decorate their lock eric there wasn't a lot of cute stuff out there, so christy went to work and came up with some concepts and here we are. >> it was things i glued together in my kitchen at the table. this was the example of a little bin that was basically cardboard paper that i glued together. >> their daughters loved these homemate school decorations and so did their friends. >> on the first day of school, the phones started ridging from othe
Feb 2, 2013 5:30am EST
. >>> in the old days, sports in new york city used to be of the classic variety. but times have changed. this is brooklyn boulders, 20,000 square feet of rock climbing in the heart of the borough. >> it was great that this opened because it was the only place in brooklyn and one of the few places. >> the work is three business partners. going into business with your close friend bs may sound risky, but these guys have figured out,000 make it work. >> this is the promotion we ran. >> they found that a clear division of responsibilities has helped them tackle the challenges of managing a startup and avoiding the dramdrama. >> whenever it gets fiery, we always say, friends first, friends first, friends first. >> they wrote a business plan for it while studied entrepreneur ship at babson college. they went their separate ways but realized the idea. >> we realized we had the abilities so we thought, why not go for it. >> jeremy who works for finance in boston came up with the projections for models and he and the others pitched the idea to their family and they brought on a third friend to r
Feb 24, 2013 7:30am EST
workers who could keep us his brand wasn't easy. >> i've gone ten years learning how to interview people and learning how to find what works or doesn't work for a service individual. >> and even if justin isn't doing the servicing himself, he still needs to make sure the work done is at the level his clients have come to expect from city aquarium. >> it's always been a struggle for me to let somebody else clean my clients' fis tanks just because i can always do it better. so i always request e-mails and photos of before and after each cleaning. i'm still very much hands-on even though i'm not there servicing the aquariums myself. >> justin also hired a general manager to stay on top of everything inside of the business. >> i handle the financial side of the business including invoices and regular maintenance and imagining the guys in the field, justin can really focus designing new tanks, coming up with quotes for new clients. >> it also meant clients had to get used to the idea that not all questions required justin's personal attention. >> i've tried very hard to have my clients unders
Feb 16, 2013 5:30am EST
. >> all right. you guys stick around, because we need you a lot more in this show. we use our smartphones for a lot of our small business needs but is your information safe. here now are five ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks. k one, set a password. this will make your phone more difficult to access if your phone is ever lost or stolen. two, look at your phone bill. be on the lookout for strarj behavior. number three, download from trusted sources. make sure the app is coming from a legitimate provider and compare the app's sponsor's official website with the app store link. four, understand permissions before accepting them. be careful about granting access to personal information on your phone. make sure to check the privacy settings for each app before installing it. and number five, wipe data on your old phone before you donate, resell, or recycle it. completely erase everything and reset it to its initial factory settings. >>> on april 5th, 2012, president obama opened up a whole new source of funding for small businesses when he signed the jobs act. in it was a provision t
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